The most recent session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from 7-18 November 1994. During the session, there were proposals to list several forest species on the Appendix II list of endangered plant species. Several species were withdrawn from consideration, while six tree species were accepted for listing. There was considerable debate over the listing of Brazilian mahogany, which led to an unprecedented secret vote for a species proposal. The proposal to place this species on the CITES Appendix II list was defeated. A resolution on implementation of CITES for timber species was passed, calling for the establishment of a working group to look at the process used to consider tree species for CITES listing.